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Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hunter Family
Abingdon Plantation
 
The Hunter Family Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
1. The Hunter Family Marker
 
Inscription. After the Stuarts moved from Abingdon in 1793, the Alexander family once again owned the plantation. Robert Alexander IIIís son, Walter, leased Abingdon to several families over the years. In 1807, he advertised the Abingdon estate for sale, ending six generations of ownership by the Alexander family.

The Wise family leased the property from 1808 to 1835. It is reported that the family witnessed the burning of the Capital by British troops while living at Abingdon during the war of 1812.

Alexander Hunter bought Abingdon in 1835. As a U.S. Marshal for Washington D.C., Hunter was a friend of Presidents Polk, Tyler and Jackson, who each visited Abingdon. He died in 1849, entrusting the land to his brother Bushrod Washington Hunter, until Bushrodís son, also named Alexander Hunter, came of age.

In 1861, Bushrod and Alexander Hunter left Abingdon to join the Confederate army during the Civil War. During their absence, a New Jersey regiment of the Union army occupied Abingdon Plantation, calling it “Camp Princeton.” The Federal government confiscated Abingdon under tax laws enacted to finance the war and sold the property at auction.

After Alexander Hunter returned from the Civil War, he sued the Federal government for his land. Future President James A. Garfield argued his case before the Supreme
 
The Hunter Family and Custis Family Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
2. The Hunter Family and Custis Family Markers
 
Court, which ruled in Hunterís favor and restored Abingdon to him.

Alexander Hunter advertised Abingdon for sale in 1881. A real estate pamphlet described Abingdon as a prime piece of real estate whose value would increase due to its proximity to the growing capital city.
 
Location. 38° 51.076′ N, 77° 2.685′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Click for map. Marker is located between the parking garages at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abingdon Plantation (here, next to this marker); The Custis Family (here, next to this marker); Abingdon Plantation Restoration (a few steps from this marker); The Industrial Age (a few steps from this marker); Abingdon (a few steps from this marker); The Alexander Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ages of Abingdon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ronald Reagan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia: Abingdon (plantation). (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.)
 
Alexander Hunter Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
3. Alexander Hunter
During the Civil War, Confederate General Robert E. Lee assigned Alexander Hunter to the prestigious Black Horse Cavalry. He later wrote a book, Johnny Reb and Billy Yank, to tell the story of his Civil War experiences, including his capture and escape from imprisonment by the Union Army. (Source: Caption to this picture on the marker.)
 
 
Additions to Abingdon Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
4. Additions to Abingdon
By 1851, the land assessment for buildings at Abingdon doubled in value, suggesting that Bushrod Washington Hunter made extensive improvements to the house. The addition of wings, porches and a second story greatly altered the appearance of the original colonial structure. (Source: Caption to this picture on the marker.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,602 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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